The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a powerful tool that allows you to run a Linux environment directly on Windows, without the need for a dual-boot setup or virtual machine. However, when installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on WSL, you may encounter the 0x8027025a error. This article will guide you through several methods to resolve this issue.
Option 1: Non-graphical Install
Sometimes, the graphical installer can cause issues. Using the non-graphical installer can help resolve this.
- Open PowerShell as an administrator. You can do this by searching for “PowerShell” in the start menu, right-clicking on it, and selecting “Run as administrator”.
- Unregister the existing 22.04 installation by running the command:
wsl --unregister Ubuntu-22.04
This command will remove the Ubuntu 22.04 distribution from WSL.
- Install 22.04 using the “old” non-graphical installer by running the command:
ubuntu2204.exe install --ui=none
--ui=none parameter tells the installer not to use the graphical user interface.
Option 2: Install as WSL1, then convert to WSL2
If the first method doesn’t work, you can try installing Ubuntu as WSL1 and then converting it to WSL2.
- Uninstall the failed Ubuntu 22.04 installation. You can do this from the “Apps & features” settings in Windows.
- Reboot your system to ensure all changes take effect.
- Open PowerShell as an administrator and run the command:
wsl --set-default-version 1
This command sets the default WSL version to 1.
- Run the Ubuntu installer again.
- Once the installation is successful, you can convert it to WSL2 by running:
wsl --set-version Ubuntu-22.04 2
This command changes the WSL version of the Ubuntu 22.04 distribution to 2.
Option 3: Manually Install the Rootfs and Create the Correct User
If the previous methods fail, you can manually install the rootfs and create the necessary user.
- Do not uninstall Ubuntu 22.04.
- Start an Administrative PowerShell and run the provided commands to create the necessary directories and copy the rootfs.
- Start a normal PowerShell and run the commands to import the image and start the distribution.
Option 4: Manually Create User
Another option is to manually create a user within Ubuntu 22.04.
- From within Ubuntu 22.04, run the provided commands to create a new user.
- Exit Ubuntu and run the provided PowerShell commands to terminate the distribution and start it again.
The 0x8027025a error when installing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on WSL can be frustrating, but it’s usually solvable with the methods outlined above. Remember to always back up any important data before making significant changes to your system. If you continue to experience issues, consider reaching out to the Ubuntu community or the WSL GitHub page for further assistance.
WSL stands for Windows Subsystem for Linux. It is a compatibility layer that allows you to run a Linux environment directly on Windows.
To open PowerShell as an administrator, you can search for "PowerShell" in the start menu, right-click on it, and select "Run as administrator".
To unregister an existing WSL installation, you can run the command
wsl --unregister <distribution-name>. Replace
<distribution-name> with the name of the distribution you want to unregister.
To set the default WSL version to 1, you can run the command
wsl --set-default-version 1 in an administrative PowerShell.
To convert a WSL distribution to WSL2, you can run the command
wsl --set-version <distribution-name> 2 in an administrative PowerShell. Replace
<distribution-name> with the name of the distribution you want to convert.
To manually install the rootfs for Ubuntu 22.04, you can follow the provided commands in the article to create the necessary directories and copy the rootfs.
To create a new user within Ubuntu 22.04, you can follow the provided commands in the article to create a new user.